Ninety-two Lopez Island businesses signed a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee voicing support for the Orca Task Force recommendation for a moratorium on whale-watching by boats. Copies were also sent to the San Juan Island Visitor’s Bureau, Lopez/Orcas/San Juan Chambers of Commerce and San Juan County Council Members.
A letter from the Visitors Bureau, the Mayor of Friday Harbor and the Port of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce was sent to the Governor in November advising against the moratorium on boat-based whale watching.
Letter from Lopez Island businesses:
Dear Governor Inslee,
As business owners and organizations, we support the Orca Task Force recommendation #28 to establish a whale watching regulation that precludes Southern Resident orca viewing by all boats in Puget Sound for the next three to five years. Over 50 studies confirm that underwater vessel noise interferes with the SRKW’s ability to hunt successfully. We believe our resident orca would be better served by encouraging visitors to support recovery efforts through education and land based-whale watching. We know the moratorium is only a first step, but it is a huge step in the right direction.
Thank you for supporting our critically endangered whales.
92 Lopez Island businesses